Dr. Valerie Grant is returning to Days Of Our Lives.

Soul Food alumna Vanessa Williams has signed on to play the character who was originally part of a groundbreaking storyline for NBC’s long-running soap in the 1970s when she was one half of daytime’s first interracial couple. The courage and perseverance Valerie had back then is still very much a part of her character today. She is now a well-respected cardiologist, who returns to Salem to attend to her old friend, and old flame, Abe Carver (James Reynolds).

Williams’ most recent work includes a recurring role on CW’s The Flash, a lead role on TV One’s The Secret She Kept, as well as a recurring guest arc in the upcoming Freeform series Famous in Love starring Bella Thorne. Williams will first appear in the October 25 episode of Days of Our Lives. She’s repped by The Talent House L.A.